An old family favorite – Apfelkuchen! This cake employs a simple baking powder mix, reminiscent of biscuit dough, that creates a perfect base to showcase the fruit’s natural flavors. Sprinkled with sugary spice and cooked in a hot oven, it’s a real old-fashioned treat.
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup plus ½ cup sugar
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5 – 6 tart apples*
Preheat oven to 425°. In large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and ¼ cup of sugar. Sift a few times to lighten flour. Set aside. Pour milk into separate small bowl. Add egg and mix together. Set aside. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in small pan over medium heat and allow to cool. In another small bowl, mix together remaining ½ cup sugar with cinnamon and set aside.
Pare, core, and cut apples into thin slices. Set aside while mixing dough.
Add melted butter to milk and egg mixture and stir well. Pour into flour mixture and mix by hand until just dampened, but not smooth. Turn batter out into greased 12×18 inch pan. Using the back of a wooden spoon or spatula, spread into a thin, even layer.
Arrange apple slices evenly on batter, pressing into the dough slightly when finished. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar evenly on top of apples. Dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Bake approximately 25 minutes until golden brown.
*NOTE: other fruit, such as peaches, plums or nectarines can be used in place of apples.